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The GT4 European Series is a sports car championship created and organised by the Stéphane Ratel Organisation (SRO). It is an amateur championship which followed a formula similar to the FIA GT3 European Championship, which was itself derived from the FIA GT Championship which utilized the GT1 and GT2 classes. The GT4 class cars are the least powerful of the four classes, yet are equalised in order to allow driving skill to become key.

GT4 European Series
CategoryGrand Tourer (GT4)
CountryEurope
Inaugural season2007
Tyre suppliersPirelli
Drivers' championNetherlands Bernhard van Oranje
Netherlands Ricardo van der Ende
Makes' championNetherlands Racing Team Holland by Ekris Motorsport
Official websiteGT4 European Series
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

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HistoryEdit

Following the successful introduction of the FIA GT3 European Championship in 2006, the formula was expanded to include usage by other nationally based professional championships such as the British GT Championship, Belcar, Australian GT Championship and German ADAC GT Masters. While the FIA GT3 European Championship continues, the SRO felt that a true amateur championship was needed in order to complement GT3 which allowed a certain level of professional driver to compete. Many national series also adopted the GT4 regulations as a lower class, and the European Cup eventually lacked the competitors needed to continue. During the 2016 24 Hours of Spa, the Stéphane Ratel Organisation (SRO) announced that the European Cup would be divided in 2 different series for 2017.[1] They are called the GT4 European Series Northern Cup and the GT4 European Series Southern Cup. The Northern Cup will be the same as the European Cup, while the Southern Cup will collect forces with the FFSA GT Championship. Since Stéphane Ratel spoke out about his firm belief in this class, many championships and constructors have followed. In 2018 the Southern Cup was renamed FFSA GT - GT4 France, while the Northern Cup became the sole GT4 European Series again.

VehiclesEdit

GT4 class cars are mostly what can be referred to as track day cars, which are factory-built race cars available to the public. However, custom-built cars based on production models can also be built by teams. All cars are test driven by the FIA and then modified so that they all have near identical performance levels. Once a car has been approved by the FIA, it cannot be modified by the teams, eliminating continual development costs for constructors. All cars run on regulated Pirelli tires to further equalize performance.

The following cars are currently homologated for GT4:

Nr. Manufacturer Model Since Expiration Developer
RACB GT4-001 Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings plc Aston Martin V8 Vantage N24 Aston Martin
RACB GT4-002 BMW AG BMW E85 Z4 M Coupe GT4 G & A Racing
RACB GT4-003 Ford Motor Company Ford Mustang FR500 C Multimatic Motorsports
RACB GT4-004 Lotus Cars Lotus Exige
RACB GT4-005 Maserati S.p.A. Maserati Trofeo Light Scuderia Giudici
RACB GT4-006 Nissan Motor Co.,Ltd Nissan 350Z RJN Motorsports
RACB GT4-007 Porsche AG Porsche Cayman S GPR Racing
RACB GT4-008 Ginetta Cars Ginetta G50 GT4 Ginetta Cars
RACB GT4-009 Chevrolet Chevrolet Corvette C6 GT4 Callaway Cars[2]
RACB GT4-010 Audi AG Audi TT GT4 Jorg Van Ommen Autosprot
RACB GT4-011 Porsche AG Porsche 997 GT3 Cup GT4 Equipe Verschuur[3]
RACB GT4-012 Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings plc Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 01-04-2009 31-12-2018 Aston Martin
RACB GT4-013 BMW AG BMW M3 E92 GT4 BMW Motorsport[4]
RACB GT4-MC Maserati S.p.A. Maserati Granturismo MC Maserati
RACB GT4-015 Lotus Cars Lotus Evora Cup/GT4 25-07-2011 31-12-2018 Lotus Cars
RACB GT4-016 Chevrolet Chevrolet Camaro SS GT4 Riley Technologies[5]
RACB GT4-017 Nissan Motor Co.,Ltd Nissan NISMO 370Z GT4 RJN Motorsports
RACB GT4-018 Mazda Motor Corporation Mazda Miata MX-5 GT4 Jota Sport
RACB GT4-019 Ginetta Cars Ginetta G55 GT4 01-04-2014 31-12-2021 Ginetta Cars
RACB GT4-020 Toyota Motor Corporation Toyota GT86 GT4 GPRM
RACB GT4-021 KTM AG KTM X-Bow GTR 02-12-2016 31-12-2023 Reiter Engineering
RACB GT4-022 BMW AG BMW Ekris M4 GT4 Ekris Motorsport
RACB GT4-023 Porsche AG Porsche Cayman 981 SP PROsport Performance
RACB GT4-024 Porsche AG Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport
RACB GT4-024 Porsche AG Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Manthey-Racing Manthey-Racing
RACB GT4-027 Ford Motor Company Ford Mustang GT4 01-03-2017 31-12-2024 Multimatic Motorsports
RACB GT4-028 SIN Cars SIN R1 GT4 01-01-2015 31-12-2022 Matech Concepts
RACB GT4-029 BMW AG BMW M4 GT4
RACB GT4-030 McLaren Automotive McLaren 570S GT4 01-01-2017 31-12-2024
RACB GT4-031 Chevrolet Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R 01-03-2017 31-12-2024 Pratt & Miller[6]
RACB GT4-033 Mercedes-AMG GmbH Mercedes-AMG GT4
RACB GT4-034 Société des Automobiles Alpine SAS Alpine A110 GT4
RACB GT4-038 Audi AG Audi R8 LMS GT4 Audi Sport
RACB GT4-MCGT4 Maserati S.p.A. Maserati Granturismo MC GT4 01-04-2016 31-12-2020 Maserati
RACB GT4-xxx Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings plc Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 Aston Martin
RACB GT4-xxx Bufori Bufori BMS R1
RACB GT4-xxx Chevron Racing Cars Ltd. Chevron GR8 GT4 Chevron
RACB GT4-xxx Donkervoort Automobielen BV Donkervoort D8 GT
RACB GT4-xxx Jaguar Jaguar F-Type SVR GT4 Invictus Games Racing
RACB GT4-xxx KTM AG KTM X-Bow GT4
RACB GT4-xxx Lotus Cars Lotus 2-Elven GT4 Supersport Lotus Cars
RACB GT4-xxx Panoz, LLC Panoz Avezzano GT4 Élan Motorsport Technologies
RACB GT4-xxx Peugeot Peugeot Spider THP Peugeot Sport
RACB GT4-xxx Radical Sportscars Radical RXC GT4
RACB GT4-xxx Porsche AG Porsche Cayman Pro4 GT4 31-12-2018 PROsport Performance
RACB GT4-xxx Roding Automobile Roding R1
RACB GT4-xxx YES! Beteiligungs und Besitzgesellschaft mbH YES! Clubsport

DriversEdit

Like GT3, GT4 drivers have a set of criteria which would automatically eliminate them from competition based on their level of experience. Since GT4 class drivers are meant to be true amateurs, these criteria are tighter than that seen in GT3.

Drivers under the age of 30 are not allowed to have had a top-ten finish in any national or international single-seater championship, nor to have had a distinguishable career in a national or international GT championship. These drivers are known as Silver drivers. Drivers over the age of 30 who did not receive their racing licenses until after turning 30 and having no single-seater experience at all are also allowed in the series, under the term Bronze drivers.

RacesEdit

Just as in GT3, each event would consist of two races of equal distance, usually held on different days. Teams were not required to have two drivers and could use the same driver for each race.

ChampionshipEdit

The championship used the standard FIA point scheme for the top ten finishers: 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1. If a team used different drivers for each race in a single event, both drivers would receive points. A driver and team championship were both held.

If at least five cars of the same make participate in a race, then a manufacturer cup would also be awarded, similar to the style used in GT3.

ChampionsEdit

DriversEdit

Year GT4 Light Supersport
2007   Eric De Doncker Not awarded Not awarded
2008   Eric De Doncker   Christopher Haase
2009   Joe Osborne Not awarded   Augustin Eder
2010   Paul Meijer   Gianni Giudici
2011   Ricardo van der Ende   Gianni Giudici
Year Silver Cup Pro (2013–2016)
Pro-Am Cup (2017–)
Am (2013–2016)
Am Cup (2017–)
2013 Not awarded   Ricardo van der Ende   Jörg Viebahn
2014   Bernhard van Oranje
  Ricardo van der Ende
  André Grammatico
2015   Jelle Beelen
  Marcel Nooren
  Daniel Uckermann
2016   Peter Terting
  Jörg Viebahn
  Jérôme Demay
2017   Ricardo van der Ende
  Max Koebolt
  Luc Braams
  Duncan Huisman
  Giuseppe Ghezzi
2018   Milan Dontje
  Nicolaj Møller Madsen
  Markus Lungstrass   Niki Leutwiler

TeamsEdit

Year Overall
2007 Not awarded
2008   Motorsport98
2009   RJN Motorsport
2010   Rhesus Racing
2011   Ekris BMW/Racing Team Holland by Ekris Motorsport
2013   Ekris Motorsport
2014   Racing Team Holland by Ekris Motorsport
2015   V8 Racing
2016   PROsport Performance
Year Silver Cup Pro-Am Cup Am Cup
2017   Ekris Motorsport   Las Moras Racing   Autorlando Sport
Year Overall
2018   Racing One

Similar seriesEdit

Since the introduction of the GT4 European Cup, the GT4 class of cars have been expanded to various national series. The British GT Championship and Belgian GT Championship allow GT4 and Super Sport class cars to compete alongside the GT3 class, while the stand-alone Dutch GT4 Championship ran its first season of competition 2009.[7] A GT4 championship plans to be run in Brazil in 2010.[8] Norway introduced a national championship called GTF in 2014 featuring GT4 regulated cars.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "GT4 European Series Splits; Extended Schedule for 2017". sportscar365.com. Jake Kilshaw. December 29, 2016. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
  2. ^ "Te Koop: 2X Chevrolet Corvette C6 GT4". Supercar Challenge.
  3. ^ "Dutch GT4: GT3.NL en Paul van Splunteren prepareren Porsche voor Dutch GT4 Championship". Autosport.nl.
  4. ^ "Dutch GT4: BMW Motorsport presenteert de BMW M3 GT4". Autosport.nl.
  5. ^ "Dutch GT4: Equipe Verschuur kiest voor Camaro". Autosport.nl.
  6. ^ "Nederlands team V8-Racing haalt als eerste de Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R binnen + FOTO". Autosport.nl.
  7. ^ "GT4 European Cup - News". Gt4cup.com. 2008-06-25. Archived from the original on 2011-08-07. Retrieved 2011-08-08.
  8. ^ "FIA GT Championship - News". Fiagt.com. Retrieved 2011-08-08.[permanent dead link]

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